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Nigeria 2011




Federal Republic of Nigeria
In Western Africa, southern lowlands merge into central hills and plateaus; mountains in southeast, plains in north. 923,768 km2 (slightly > 2xCA ), 33% arable.

Capital Abuja (Pop est. 1.4M)

Population 149M (161.3/km2)

Life expectancy 47 years


Literacy 68%

Lang(s) English (official), Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani

Religions Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, Indigenous beliefs Ethnic groups Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 4%, Tiv 3%

Ethnic Groups Black 83%, Mixed 12%, East Indian 2%, other 3%

Gov’t Federal Republic

GDP/cap $2,400

PCVs 1961 - 1971; 1992 – 1995, education (2094 volunteers served)

Nat’l holiday Independence Day (National Day) 1 October (1960)

Adult Books

A History of Nigeria
by Toyin Falola

Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0521681575

Book Description
This succinct, authoritative, and engagingly written history of Nigeria from its earliest beginnings through 1998 provides an excellent introduction to the country's history written by a leading historian on Nigeria.

Kids' Books

The distant talking drum: poems from Nigeria
by Isaac Olaleye; paintings by FranÈ Lessac.

Format: Paperback, 32 pages
ISBN: 978-1563979415
Age Range: 12–16 years
Publisher: Honesdale, Pa.: Wordsong; [New York]
Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1995


Film: Nollywood Babylon
Director: Ben and Addelman and Samir Mallal (2008)


Mo’ Hits Allstars (Album: Curriculum Vitae (CV)): Music from Nigeria

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Hausa: Shagali (sha-ga-lee)
Fulani: Fêto (Feh-toe)

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